Chiwetel Ejiofor in talks to play Scar in The Lion King reboot

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Chiwetel Ejiofor is reported to be in talks with Disney to voice the iconic villain Scar in the live-action reboot of ‘The Lion King’,

Disney are rebooting the beloved 1994 animated movie with ‘Jungle Book’ filmmaker Jon Favreau helming the project and now the ‘Doctor Strange’ actor is reportedly in talks to play the villain of the movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Sinister Scar, who is the brother of Mufasa and uncle to the young cub Simba, was originally voiced by Jeremy Irons in the award-winning 1994 animated Disney movie.

Another addition to the cast John Oliver, 40, will join the cast, which includes Donald Glover as Simba and James Earl Jones, who will be reprising his role as Mufasa from the cartoon classic.

Oliver will be voicing Zazu, a hornbill who serves as the king’s majordomo and was originally played by Rowan Atkinson.

Recently it was revealed that Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner were cast to play the comedy duo Timon and Pumbaa.

The movie is set for a July 2019 release and Favreau is already in pre-production, with Jeff Nathanson writing the script.

It has also been rumoured that Beyoncé is the preferred choice to play Nala in the movie.

As well as keeping Sir Elton John and Tim Rice’s original songs, which include ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’, ‘Be Prepared’ and ‘I Just Can’t Wait To Be King’, the remake will also feature some new tunes.

‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight’ played out over the credits and went on to win Best Original Song at the 1995 Academy Awards.

Disney has released a string of remakes as of late including ‘Maleficent’, ‘Cinderella’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’.

Back in February, Disney revealed the movie is on the “fast-track to production” and the studio announced other remakes including ‘Dumbo’, ‘Aladdin’ and ‘Mulan’.

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  • kamuti

    financial times has become a gutter press

  • Duncan Muchina

    There’s no way FT can put pen and ink together and to malign someone be it RAO or anyone else. They are reputable all over the world. Somebody ariropokwa and now it’s too late……the damage is done. Denials, aggrieved or not, finger pointing will not erase that. Words once spoken are gone. Forever.

    • cgitosh

      BBC journalists were in the same interview, how come they didn’t report the same?

  • Kazoso_waBaya

    Events at kisumu rally and Nyayo today leave alot to be desired. RT Hon PM you can run but you cant hide. Your true character shall always come out in true colours. The company you keep defines you the mad men that ran away with your trousers when you were bathing ib river Nyando are akina Johnson Muthama , Fred Gumo , Kalonzo Musyoka-was even seen trying it on. Pole today the kingi ran naked on National TV at Kasarani. JUBILEE scored 3-0

  • kange

    True? was your friend Muthama misquoted too at nyayo stadium talking tough on what to expect from the so he called mad men?

  • Mimo

    Most people agree that the CNN story about militias is untrue…they then come and believe this one just because its RAO being mentioned…….Kenyans na tribalism jameni…its gotten so bad we dont even realise it..SHAME! …

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